Boca Raton, Fla. -
What: Florida Atlantic (4-15, 0-8 C-USA) vs. Charlotte (15-5, 7-2 C-USA)
When: Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7 p.m. ET
Where: FAU Arena – Boca Raton, Fla.
What: Florida Atlantic (4-16, 0-9 C-USA) vs. Old Dominion (11-10, 6-4 C-USA)
When: Saturday, Feb. 4 – 3 p.m. ET
Where: FAU Arena – Boca Raton, Fla.
In the team’s last meeting with Charlotte on Jan. 30, 2016, Kat Wright broke an FAU record and tied a Conference USA mark with 11 three-pointers in the 85-79 loss. Melinda Myers added 10 points, nine boards, three blocks and two assists in the contest. Malia Kency also contributed with seven points and five assists. Last season’s meeting with Old Dominion on Jan. 28. 2016 resulted in a 85-45 loss as the Lady Monarchs 29-0 run in the first half put the Owls at a deficit that they could not overcome. Raven Doyle had five points, four rebounds and two assists in the game.
An Owl’s eye view of FAU:
The Owls remain steady on the defensive front averaging 39.7 rebounds per game to put them fourth in the conference in rebounding offense. As a team, FAU is shooting 39.0 percent from the floor with 6.7 3-pointers each game. The Owls have five players shooting over 42 percent.
Last time out for the Owls: FAU took Charlotte (16-5, 8-2 C-USA) down to the wire on Thursday night as they dropped a 72-66 decision after nearly matching the Niners in shooting percentage and rebounds in the 40 minutes of action. Every Owl that saw the floor scored at least two points and picked up at least one rebound in the contest. Both teams were very evenly matched as Charlotte shot 37.3 percent to FAU’s 37.3 percent, and the 49ers claimed 48 boards while the Owls took 44.
Whooo to watch: Ra’Kyra Gabriel had a career-best 13 points to go along with her nine rebounds in the Charlotte contest. The sophomore forward went 4-for-5 in the third quarter alone. Sasha Cedeno had a team-best 15 points, tying her career high in threes made and attempted as she went 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. Melinda Myers and Jacey Bailey also had solid performances matching their personal bests in rebounds (11) and points (10), respectively.
In league play, Cedeno sees a team-best 10.6 points per game. O’Reilly has averaged 8.1 points this season with a team-high .500 field goal percentage. Raven Doyle is the leading rebounder on the season with 6.3 per game, but Myers is tops in C-USA play averaging 5.4 rebounds each outing.
An Owl’s eye view of Charlotte:
Charlotte is in a three-way tie for first in C-USA and has only two losses in league play, the most recent a 55-52 defeat by Rice on Saturday. The team holds the best record in the conference and has four players averaging double-digit points each game. The 49ers outscore opponents 71.2-64.8 and have the third best 3-point field goal defense in C-USA holding challengers to .294 while shooting .340 beyond the arc.
Most recent outing for the 49ers: Charlotte started slow, recovered but was never able to complete the comeback in dropping a 55-52 decision to Rice Saturday evening. The Owls’ Maya Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds left to give Rice (12-8, 3-6 C-USA) the lead and secured a defensive rebound on Charlotte's final offensive look with 1.1 seconds remaining to capture the win.
Whooo to Watch: In the Rice contest, redshirt junior Nyilah Jamison-Myers topped the Niners' in the scoring column with 16 points, her fourth straight double-digit effort, while senior Lefty Webster contributed 10. Webster also hauled in nine rebounds to go along with five assists and four steals in 39 minutes. Sophomore Grace Hunter led the 49ers on the glass with 11 boards, and Laia Raventós matched Webster by distributing five assists. Hunter leads the team in points per game with 16.0 on 48.5 percent shooting, which is sixth in the league, and in rebounds with an average of 7.3 each contest. The sophomore Raventós is tops in C-USA with 5.5 assists each game.
An Owl’s eye view of ODU:
The Lady Monarchs are no slouch on defense with the third-best rebounding offense in C-USA (40.7). They are also fifth in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .390 from the floor. ODU is on a three-game win streak recently beating FIU in Miami on Thursday. The Monarchs outshoot their challengers 43.6-39.0 percent and average 7.3 steals per game.
Most recent outing for the Lady Monarchs: Behind a game-opening 22-0 run, Old Dominion rolled to a 86-64 win at FIU (5-15, 3-6 C-USA) on Thursday evening at Lime Court at FIU Arena. In a season-best offensive performance, the Lady Monarchs recorded season highs in points with 86 and field goal percentage at 55.0 percent. Overall, ODU forced 19 FIU turnovers and held the Panthers to 36.4 percent shooting. ODU outrebounded FIU, 45-32, and held a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint.
Whooo to Watch: Jennie Simms led all scorers in the FIU contest with 32 points for her 13th career game of 30 or more points. The redshirt senior added seven rebounds, six assists and three blocks, which tied her career high. Annika Holopainen recorded 17 points, tying her season high, and a season-high seven rebounds, while Destinee Young added 14 points and 11 boards for her 12th double-double of the year. Simms leads the team and the conference in points per game with 25.1 while Young is tops in the league in rebounding with 10.5 each game. Simms also boasts a team-high 37 steals on the year, and Young has added a team-best 28 blocks to date.
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